Journey to the Cross–March 4

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (Jn. 14:16-17, ESV)

The night before He died, Jesus took a lot of time and care to teach His disciples about the Holy Spirit. Very clearly He intended for them to receive the Holy Spirit into their lives as a teacher, counselor, and guide—much in the same way as He Himself had served in those roles for them.

What is your perspective on the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity?

____ He is a “forgotten God” (borrowing from Francis Chan’s book title). I really don’t think much about Him.

____ He is a little weird and/or scary. I basically try to keep my distance.

____ He is kind of like gravity—a force in the universe, important, but impersonal.

____ He is Someone I consciously depend on to help me live the life Jesus invites me to live.

____ He is a bit of a disappointment—the power encounters others have described with Him haven’t been my experience.

____ Other

Depending on what Bible translation you use, the Holy Spirit is referred to in these verses as Counselor, Comforter, Helper, Advocate, or Friend. If you experience Him in these ways, take time now to thank Jesus and the Father for sending Him to you. If, on the other hand, you have resistance, hesitation, or ambivalence about Him, would you consider inviting Jesus to give you a new perspective?

Would you like to have a personal counselor, comforter, or friend to be with you forever? If you are willing, in faith, thank Jesus for sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to you. Invite Him to heal your skewed impressions of Him and give you new and accurate ones. Then, as you are ready, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you, to be for you that personal counselor, comforter, advocate, or friend.

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